At a meeting of the Health Scrutiny Committee, councillors were told:
“It was noted that there had been an increase in self-harming in young people but there had been no hard evidence to understand why the increase had happened.
“National research was being conducted and locally all aspects of emotional health and well-being was being looked at.”
Across England, only 8% of mental health funding goes to services for children and young people.
In recent years, referrals to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services have increased by two-thirds, and the number of young people presenting to A&E units with psychiatric conditions has doubled.
I believe we need to see real investment in early intervention by increasing the proportion of mental health budgets spent on support for children and young people.
Young people in Peterborough MUST have access to a counselling service and messages/information must be made available in places young people operate ….. Rather than simply printing thousands of leaflets!